The Rise of Women in Cannabis

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In what may seem like a male-dominated industry, the legal cannabis market has attracted many female entrepreneurs and participants who are making a big difference. Encouraged by states’ support for and focus on minority participation, women are taking advantage of opportunities in the developing and maturing legal cannabis space.

In fact, women hold nearly 27% of leadership roles in regulated cannabis compared to the 21% they hold in traditional businesses. Since women make about 80% of the health and wellness decision for traditional American households, women are well poised to create and sell cannabis products, especially those pertaining to luxury or skin-care such as topicals, lotions, candles, balms, and scents.

The high-growth cannabis industry is a rather level playing field providing equal opportunities for men and women, young and old. To that end, three like-minded women – Jane West, Jazmine Hupp, and Julie Batkiewicz – started a Women Grow, an organization designed to educate, connect, and inspire women in cannabis, in Denver, Colorado in 2014.

Since then, Women Grow has had over 50,000 women and some men attend their monthly Signature Networking Events and Leadership Summit across the country and in Canada. With a presence in dozens of cities and markets across the United States, Women Grow has helped and empowered hundreds of women to become CEOs, advocates, and successful business owners in the cannabis arena.

“Women Grow’s focus is the dissemination of information and support of women in cannabis through quality education and networking,” according Kay Garcia, CEO of Women Grow. Women Grow hosts networking events throughout the country for women interested in getting involved with cannabis.

“We try to make our events as inviting and comfortable as possible for new participants who are oftentimes unsure of what to expect, nervous, and do not know anyone in the room” says Garcia, who pointed out that the networking meetings almost always include ice breakers and an identification of who, in addition to the speakers and panelists, is in the room.

“We find that a lot of women come to our meetings with many misconceptions, myths, and misinformation about cannabis, starting a cannabis business, and the amount of capital needed to break into the space” commented Garcia.

“People get hung up on opening a dispensary or a grow operation,” says Garcia, “and do not realize the vast opportunities that exist in all various facets of the business from equipment sales to community relations to software development.”

Asked what the most sought after skills in the industry are, Garcia responded that “technical skills can be taught to anyone, but what the industry needs most are people with empathy and patience because businesses have to be patient focused in order to succeed.”

To find out more about upcoming Women Grow events and how to get involved go to https://womengrow.com/events/. Kay Garcia can be reached at support@womengrow.com.

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Vice: Young Farmers Are Cashing in on Hemp to Live Happier

In recent years, media attention has attributed the anxiety, depression, and suicide among farmers to factors beyond their control. Could growing cannabis for CBD turn the tide?

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5 Cannabis Pairings for the Perfect Night In

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1. Have the Best Board Game Night Ever With Blueberry

Board games are trendy again, which means you can invite a group of friends over to play Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride without feeling like a giant nerd. Board games are great because they’re both incredibly fun and relaxing, while still requiring you to use your mental energy.

For this reason, when choosing a cannabis strain to go with game night, you need something that can mellow you out, while keeping your mind sharp. Blueberry is one of the best strains for achieving this balance. This hybrid will give your mind the focus required to steal your best friend’s Boardwalk hotel, without sweating for a second over whether she’ll forgive you for it.

2. Choose Lamb’s Bread to Chill Out & Listen to Records

While we’re on the topic of retro activities that are cool again, why not try the tried-and-true evening classic of consuming some marijuana and listening to vinyl records? Cannabis truly enhances the music-listening experience. Indeed, I could write an entire article dedicated to pairing particular strains with specific music genres and artists.

RELATED: 8 ALBUMS THAT’LL CALM YOU DOWN WHEN YOU’RE TOO HIGH

But whatever your musical tastes, you can’t go wrong with the marijuana strain Lamb’s Bread. This sativa strain was reportedly Bob Marley’s favourite, and it has a high tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of 19–25%.

Lamb’s Bread is a great strain for feeling calm and introspective—just what you need when listening to vintage hits. However, the high THC component does mean that cannabis newbies may want to start off with a small dose.

3. Sit Back, Relax & Enjoy a Great Movie Night With Skunk #1

Movie night is another classic way to spend an evening in, whether you’re flying solo or hanging with others. Just like music, the cinematic experience is heightened when paired with the right cannabis strain. Skunk #1, a beloved hybrid cannabis strain, is an optimal choice for movie night for several reasons.

For one, the moderate THC content of about 14¬–19% means you can enjoy its relaxed high while still being able to follow the movie plot. If you’re passing around a joint filled with Skunk #1, the moderate THC level makes this strain easy to share with friends, who may not all have a high tolerance.

Plus, Skunk #1 is famous for inducing the munchies—and who doesn’t love a good movie paired with cannabis and popcorn?

4. Cinex Can Help You Finally Finish That Creative Project

Have you been telling your friends for years that you’re working on a novel, but still don’t have any pages to show them? Well, a night in is the perfect opportunity to finally stop putting off your grand creative ambitions and make them happen—and cannabis can definitely help.

RELATED: HOW CANNABIS CAN HELP YOU GET OVER A CREATIVE BLOCK

Artists, writers and musicians have long used cannabis to help get their creative juices flowing. Cinex is a favourite for creative types, because it imparts a cerebral boost along with a nice sense of relaxation. While the THC content is high, consumers tend to find it promotes philosophical thinking and unlocks the mind’s innovative energy.

5. Use the Energizing Properties of Green Crack to Cook a New Recipe

Of course, creativity doesn’t just belong in the studio or at your desk. If you’ve always wanted to become a master chef—or just learn how to cook a new recipe—an evening with cannabis is a perfect way to get started. You could even use your night in to learn how to cook or bake cannabis edibles.

RELATED: HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN GOURMET CANNABIS EDIBLES

Since cooking requires equal parts creativity, concentration and energy, you’ll want a marijuana strain that promotes all of these qualities. Green Crack—its name was supposedly bestowed upon it by Snoop Dogg—is a sativa strain that has all of these properties, making it a superb choice in the kitchen.

Plus, Green Crack’s mild THC content of around 13¬–20% will (hopefully) ensure you don’t lose focus and leave your brilliant new creation in the oven for too long. But even if you do, don’t worry. Green Crack is known for its euphoric high that will help make any mishap in the kitchen seem like nothing more than a creative detour.

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Good News Network: U.S. Ban on Hemp Ended!

Good News Network Article: Farm Bill Quietly Ends the Ban on Hemp in the U.S.

But Why Was Hemp Outlawed In The First Place?

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Long story short, it interfered with some rich white guy from making money because using hemp to produce products was cheaper and… well, you know how it goes.

Read up on the history of making hemp illegal: /

The U.S. Hemp Conspiracy

Important Hemp Uses & Benefits

Modern Uses